You know what, it seems I picked the right time to not live in Toronto, because people are slamming this year's film festival as too elitist. And not just Bruce Kirkland (see previous post below).
Found a few more rants about it: one over at CTV (of all places) and another at eyeWeekly. Check out that eyeWeekly article, it's pretty good. They link to complaints from Rex Reed, David Poland and a whole ton of people. Plus, that article also mentions how bigshot corporate sponsor Bell kicked out Rogers Television from covering the film festival, which is a disgrace in its own right because Rogers TV used to do 24-hour non-stop coverage of the festival on its cable channel for the whole time the thing ran, showing press conferences and the like. Now what can you get? NOTHING. A vital link to the people who made this festival important is lost.
Anyway, that's enough from me about the film festival -- now back to living it up out here in the rugged Canadian West.